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This Saturday, we will be hosting a fundraiser WOD in our group classes for CFNE friend Pat Patgett.
Pat has been diagnosed with mouth cancer, and a battle lies ahead.
From CrossFit Southie, Pat’s home box…
“For those of you who do not know Pat Padgett, he has been a highly active member of the CrossFit community and a regional competitor for 5+ years now. He is a tremendous athlete and a stand up guy. After battling with serious inexplicable mouth pain over the last two years, Pat‘s surgeon recently discovered a huge cancerous mass located in his throat. Just 3 weeks ago, Pat underwent an intensive, 14 hour surgery to have the mass removed. The surgery was a success however the surgery required Doctors to remove 70% of his tongue along with the cancerous mass. They were concerned that Pat would not be able to move his tongue, swallow or talk again.
Pat showed his strength early on after his surgery as he amazed his doctors as he was able to move his tongue and swallow. Pat also recently removed his own feeding tube recently, with the help of his sister, and Pat is feeding on his own! While he still has difficulty talking, each day he is making progress. So much of his recovery has been, and will continue to be, unpredictable. Pat will continue his recovery for another month or so before he starts the next portion of his treatment, which will include six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
Although Pat has yet to make public the severity of the situation, the statistics were never in his favor. Pat is one of the most positive, mentally tough people I know and as shown early after his surgery, statistics do not necessarily apply to him. The more the CrossFit community can rally up and support Pat in his fight, the stronger his will and determination will grow to get through this tough time. Pat will have a lot of financial burden as he will be out of work for 6+ months and have a mass of medical bills. We are trying to raise funds to help him out but more importantly we are trying to raise his spirits by showing our support and love for him through the greater CrossFit community.
Today we host a WOD in Pat’s honor. The WOD is completely scalable. Please come by and support Pat in his fight against Cancer.”
If you would like to donate to the cause please click HERE